A Richmond couple, Ashley Overfield and Jakob Haddix, is desperately seeking a double lung transplant for their two-month-old daughter, Kylie, who suffers from a one-in-a-million disease called Surfactant B Deficiency. The recessive lung disorder leads to deadly respiratory failure within a few months of life and currently has no cure or treatment. Kylie has been on a ventilator her entire life and requires immediate medical intervention. The procedure, however, cannot be conducted in Virginia, leaving the family with no option but to relocate to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where the success rate for such transplants is reportedly 96%. The couple must quit their jobs, leave their 9-year-old daughter behind, and move to Houston with their 1-year-old son in order for Kylie to receive the life-saving transplant.
The emotional toll is immense, as the family understands that for Kylie to get a pair of lungs, another baby must lose their life. Kylie’s condition needs to remain stable for her to stay on the transplant list, and both parents must be present throughout the entire process. With the loss of two incomes, mounting medical bills, and the cost of setting up life in a new state, family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help support Kylie’s journey. The couple remains hopeful that God will provide a miracle for their daughter.